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Mullery named to five House committees

(Jan 21, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 21 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Newport Township, was appointed to serve on five House committees for the 2015-16 legislative session: Education, Game and Fisheries, Health, Judiciary and Local Government. “These appointments give me a seat at the table as we consider a wide variety of legislation that would impact the day-to-day lives of people from Luzerne County and across the commonwealth,” Mullery said. “It’s a privilege to serve on these committees.” The committee system allows legislators to assess and amend legislation, and evaluate important issues, before sending bills to the full House for a vote. Mullery, embarking on his third term, previously served on the Game and Fisheries and Health committees. This is his first term on the Education, Judiciary and Local Government committees. Mullery said his experience will help with his reappointment to the Game and Fisheries and Health committees. He said he’s also eager to tackle the challenges brought on by his new appointments. The Education Committee reviews bills dealing with educational funding, school choice and charter schools, teacher standards and more. The Judiciary Committee reviews bills pertaining to law enforcement and corrections, and has oversight over a number of state agencies, including the Pennsylvania State Police and the Department of Corrections. The Local Government Committee reviews legislation affecting counties, cities, Read more

 

Mullery starts third term with an eye on property tax relief, legislative reform

(Jan 06, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 -- State Rep. Gerald Mullery started his third term representing the 119th Legislative District when he was sworn in during a ceremony today at the state Capitol that marked the beginning of the 2015-16 session of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.   Mullery, D-Newport Township, said property tax elimination, economic development, legislative reform, good schools, environmental protection, safe communities and Second Amendment rights will continue to be his priorities. “My constituents have consistently told me they want relief from property taxes,” Mullery said. “I will continue to support efforts to eliminate property tax for homeowners.” Mullery said he’s hopeful momentum will continue to build for legislation that would shift funding for public education from property taxes to increases in sales and income taxes. Mullery has co-sponsored legislation during his first two terms in office to eliminate property taxes for homeowners. Since taking office, Mullery has set an example for legislative reform by returning to the state treasury automatic cost-of-living raise state lawmakers automatically receive under a 1995 law, and voluntarily paid 10 percent of his salary toward health benefits since he took office. He introduced a bill in the last past two legislative session to eliminate automatic COLAs. Mullery also has offered measures that would have eliminated per diems and required House Read more

 

Hope for Hannah legislation becomes law

(Dec 28, 2014)

Pennsylvania's children have a new protection thanks to Hannah's Law, named after Hannah Ginion of Bristol Township, who suffered from the rare genetic disorder called Krabbe disease. Hannah passed away on Dec. 28, 2014. Read more

 

Mullery eager to see reclamation work begin on Plymouth Township abandoned mine

(Dec 16, 2014)

State Rep. Gerald Mullery welcomed the announcement Tuesday that plans are progressing to reclaim 88 acres of abandoned mine land at Curry Hill-Avondale in Plymouth Township. Read more

 

Beware IRS phone scams

(Nov 29, 2014)

Recently, my office received information about phone calls received statewide in which an individual claimed to be from the IRS and demanded payment on taxes owed. Please be aware – this phone call is a scam, and the IRS will NOT initiate first contact with you on the phone about taxes owed. Always be wary of unsolicited phone calls in which an individual claims to represent a business or government entity and aggressively demands payment. The IRS does not operate this way and will always send official correspondence through the mail to make its first contact with you. Read more

 

HEROIN: What you need to know about Pennsylvania’s Good Samaritan Law

(Nov 24, 2014)

Landmark legislation passed during the 2013-14 Legislative Session now allows first responders, including law enforcement, fire fighters, EMS or other organizations the ability to administer a medication known as naloxone, a life-saving opioid-overdose antidote. The law also allows individuals such as friends or family members who might be in a position to help a person at risk of experiencing an opioid-related overdose to obtain a prescription for naloxone. Additionally, Act 139 provides immunity from prosecution for those responding to and reporting overdoses. Read more

 

In the News: Dept. of Human Services name change better reflects mission

(Nov 24, 2014)

House Bill 993, which renamed the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare as the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, was signed into law as Act 132 during the 2013-14 Legislative Session. According to advocates for the change, renaming the department was long overdue, and as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported, the name change better reflects the department’s mission. Read more

 

Do you need help paying heating bills?

(Nov 24, 2014)

As we get into the coldest months of winter, many people are worried about affording their increasing heating costs. If you or someone you know qualifies, my office could help you take advantage of a program set up to curtail high home heating bills. Read more

 

Apply for health insurance by Feb. 16

(Nov 23, 2014)

The open enrollment period for health care coverage is now underway. If you or someone you know is in need of health insurance, please consider visiting the federal Marketplace at www.HealthCare.gov. Applicants have until Feb. 16, 2015 to enroll. Everyone, no matter what age, needs health insurance. A random accident or unexpected illness could put you in danger of losing not only your good health but also your financial future. Read more

 

Sign up for the Do-Not-Call list

(Nov 22, 2014)

To register for the Pennsylvania and national do-not-call lists, visit http://www.attorneygeneral.gov/dnc.aspx or call 1-888-777-3406. Registration is free. There is a rolling enrollment; individuals may sign up at any time and the registration is good for five years. After that, you can re-enroll. And, signing up on Pennsylvania's list automatically adds those numbers to the national do-not-call list. Read more

 

Weatherizing your home saves you money on energy bills

(Nov 20, 2014)

Last year’s bitterly cold winter left many people struggling to pay higher-than-normal home energy bills. As we head toward the coldest months of the year, there are ways you can winterize your home to keep heat in, cold air out, and money in your pocket. Many businesses offer professional home energy audits, but you can perform your own by inspecting areas where heat escapes and cold air leaks in. Read more

 

Check out charities before making holiday donations

(Nov 20, 2014)

While it may be the season for charitable giving, scammers don't take a holiday. The Pennsylvania Department of State offers a simple way to ensure a charity is legitimate and that your donation will be used properly. Read more